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Remember the Game: Castletown edge bitter rivals Camross in 2008 hurling league

Castletown 1-13 Camross 1-11

2008 ACHL Division 1

It’s one of the biggest rivalries in Laois hurling – a clash that always raises a certain intrigue and sometimes boils over.

This week’s Remember the Game dips into the archives of this time 10 years ago when Camross and Castletown met in Division 1 of the ACHL.

Camross were county champions at the time having won the 2007 senior title for the first time in 11 years while Castletown had last won the title in 2005 – after a controversial replay against Camross. They had also grabbed the attentions for all the wrong reasons when a brawl broke out after their 2006 Laois SHC quarter-final.

On this occasion, Castletown claimed the honours thanks to a two-point win.

Current Castletown manager John Lyons was in goals that day for Castletown while the likes of Brian Ferns and Patrick Mullaney are among the only playes playing that day that are still involved 10 years on.

On the Camross side, Tadhg Doran, Darrell Dooley, Tomas Burke, Damien Keenan, Zane Keenan, Niall Holmes and Joe Phelan from the starting team that day feature on the team that won last year’s championship.

The clubs are due to meet in the opening round of this year’s championship but for now we’re sure they’ll enjoy looking back on Alf Harvey’s photos of that game in what was one of the last years where hurlers were allowed to play the game without wearing helmets.

SCORERS – Castletown: Seamus Lyons 0-5, Kieran Dunne 0-3, David Cuddy 0-3, John Palmer 1-0, Padraig Cuddy 0-1, Patrick Mullaney 0-1. Camross: Zane Keenan 1-6, Ollie Dowling 0-2, Damien Kehoe 0-1, Joe Phelan 0-1, Dean Delaney 0-1.

CASTLETOWN: John Lyons; Thomas Phelan, Brian Ferns, Fionnan Cuddy; Robbie Delaney, Paul Cuddy, Declan Keenan; Patrick Mullaney, Ger Reddin; John Palmer, Padraig Cuddy, Darren Ferns; Kieran Dunne, David Cuddy, Seamus Lyons. Subs: John Gaughan, Fionnan O’Sullivan.
CAMROSS: Tadhg Doran; Jimmy Doran, Larry Cuddy, Peter Guilfoyle; Darrell Dooley, Tomas Burke, Damien Keenan; Fran Hogan, Colin Delaney; Seamie Higgins, Ollie Dowling, Zane Keenan; Niall Holmes, Fran Keenan, Joe Phelan. Subs: Sean Gilmore, Dean Delaney, Malvin Maloney, Andrew Collier.

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